Kindergarten Core Knowledge


Julia Siniard
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   Kindergarten Overview

   Language Arts in Kindergarten
   In Kindergarten, the key goal is to have all children beginning to   
   read and write on their own by the end of the year.  In order to 
   become successful readers, children need to learn to connect 
   letters and sounds and decode words, but they also need to build 
   an oral vocabulary adequate to understand the words they are 
   decoding.  Oral language skills, such as listening and speaking, are
   necessary prerequisites for written language skills like reading and 

   Throughout Kindergarten, students will work on the key elements 
   important to any program of reading:
  • oral language and vocabulary skills,
  • book and print awareness,
  • phonemic awareness,
  • decoding and encoding, and
  • comprehension, and writing and spelling.
   World History and Geography in Kindergarten 
   The World History and Geography Sequence in Kindergarten 
   provides the building blocks for a more complex understanding of 
   history and geography in the later grades.  Students will begin by 
   developing an awareness of the physical properties as well as a 
   sense of human interactions with their environment, the 
   relationship between place and culture, and awareness of regions 
   and culture. 
   Mathematics in Kindergarten
   Research shows that all children have some inborn mathematical 
   sense.  Kindergarten is an opportunity to begin building upon this 
   innate mathematical sense to establish a solid foundation for 
   continued learning.  Important to this goal is learning 
   mathematical vocabulary as well as comparative vocabulary.
   Science in Kindergarten
   In Kindergarten, children will begin to explore science by 
   observing and learning about things they encounter in their 
   immediate environment.  They will study:  plants and animals, the 
   human body and senses, matter and forces, patterns in nature 
   through weather and seasons, and conservation.
   Music in Kindergarten
   Children will explore all forms of music participation (listening, 
   singing, performing, moving to it, and improvising) and, in the 
   process, begin to notice the musical concepts that unite them.  In 
   Kindergarten, the focus of their attention is on the elements of 
   rhythm and melody.
   The Visual Arts in Kindergarten
   The visual arts in Kindergarten are composed of the most 
   important elements of art: color and line.  Students will examine 
   warm and cool colors as well as the differences in lines in art.  
   Lines in art can be visible barriers or invisible created when two 
   colors meet.  Students will examine the movement and direction in
   curvy, wavy, or zigzag lines.
*This and additional information on the Kindergarten curriculum can be found in What Every Kindergartner Needs to Know edited by  E.D. Hirsch Jr. and Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook edited by E. D. Hirsch and Souzanne Wright.
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